It’s easy for England

editorial image
0
Have your say

England captain Alastair Cook was more than happy with his team’s all-round display after beating Australia in the second NatWest Series match.

Andy Flower’s side won by six wickets at The Oval, passing their target of 252 with four overs to spare for an eighth successive one-day win.

Australia posted 251 for seven, thanks to knocks of 66 and 65 respectively from Shane Watson and George Bailey.

But half-centuries from Ravi Bopara (82) and Ian Bell (75) steered the hosts to victory to put them 2-0 up in the five-match series.

“It’s nice to get over the line,” Cook said afterwards.

“I thought Ravi especially played really well, and obviously Ian as well.

“A score of 250 is always gettable here at The Oval when you have wickets in hand and the batters did their job. Our bowlers also did well. We put that squeeze on between 25 and 35 overs, and that really took 20 to 30 runs off their score.”

The third one-day international is at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

n Derbyshire put a significant dent in Lancashire’s hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals by claiming a three-wicket win with seven balls to spare at Old Trafford in the Friends Life t20 North Division

Steven Croft made 48 and Paul Horton 27 not out in a Lancashire total of 122 for eight, with Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (three for 20) and Wes Durston (two for 16) the pick of the bowlers.

Durston then set his side on the road to victory with 56 off 36 deliveries and although a middle order collapse briefly gave the Red Rose hope, Rana hit the winning boundary off his only ball at the crease.

n India women’s captain Mithali Raj struck an unbeaten 94 to lead her side to an impressive five-wicket victory over England in the first NatWest Women’s one-day international Series at Lord’s.

Coming into the match following a 2-0 victory in the NatWest Women’s Twenty20, England made 229 all out, with Arran Brindle striking 58 off 73 balls while there were also decent contributions from Sarah Taylor (38) and Tammy Beaumont (27).

However, it proved to be nowhere enough, opener Poonam Raut (60) helping the tourists make a fine start and Harmanpreet Kaur also hitting 50 before Raj stole the show with an excellent 94 not out to guide India home with three balls to spare.